EU states chided over nature law reporting

Commission says more information needed to monitor progress on 2010 biodiversity target

EU member states are not providing enough information on protected wildlife management to check whether an EU goal of halting biodiversity loss by 2010 will be met, a new European Commission report on the status of the habitats directive says.

The biodiversity target was agreed by EU leaders at their June 2001 Gothenburg summit and the bloc's main implementation strategy is creation of Natura 2000, a representative network of protected sites. Natura 2000 will soon become much more significant for EU business because of a legal link to protected sites being made in the major new environmental liability directive (EED 17/12/03).

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